WDCAG Conference 2014

Submitted by Joanna Yang, GSA Co-President

This year’s Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG) conference was hosted by our friends at the University of Victoria’s Geography Department. Our delegation consisted of twenty-four UBC undergraduate students from all three geography program streams (GEOB, E&S, Human). A total of fifteen undergrads were directly involved in contributing to the conference with either oral presentations or posters.

From Left to Right (Top): Sejal Lal (Delegation Organizer), Professor David Edgington, Sarah Lone, Kevin Chan, Evelyn Chan, James Wang, Joanna Yang, Andrea Eisma, Emily Huang, Ashley Montgomery, Hana Birzer, Michael Yap. Bottom: Brittany Jang, Rachel Schott, Holly Wacker, Blake Allen, Miki Eslake.

Since it was difficult to round up our massive group to participate in the scavenger hunt, we decided to submit a video for this year’s “Day in the Life of a Geographer” contest. Given that it’s a busy time of year, Blake and I didn’t have the time to film in the Geography building the week before the conference. Instead, we decided to bring our cameras on the bus, to the conference, on field trips and at social gatherings to capture the spirit of the UBC Geography delegation. Our submission, which is a (music) video can be viewed here.

Our delegation had an amazing time exploring the city of Victoria, attending intellectually stimulating paper sessions, perusing poster sessions, and most importantly: getting to know each other as friends. This conference delegation would not have existed without the efforts of GSA VP-External, Sejal Lal. Thank you, Sejal! Also, we would like to acknowledge and thank Professor David Edgington for coming to the conference and for supporting the UBC GSA.